Corp. said April 23 that J. Steven Keate, who had served as head of its
truck division since 1999, had left the company.
Navistar President and
Chief Executive Daniel Ustian has assumed operating responsibility for
the truck group, effective immediately, the company said. Ustian previously
led the company’s engine operation.
Keate was scheduled to
conduct an audio conference with reporters April 22, but the meeting was
canceled, and participants were told Keate “had been called away
from the office due to unforeseen circumstances.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman
for Navistar declined to elaborate on the reason for Keate's departure, Reuters reported.
tenure, Navistar’s operating company launched the industry’s
first high-performance truck line. Keate joined the company in March 1995
as vice president and corporate controller and led the development of the
company’s five-point truck strategy. Prior to becoming president
of the truck group, he headed heavy truck operations.
Navistar, based in Warrenville,
IL, produces International brand trucks and diesel engines.